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Basic Income in a Just Society

Brishen Rogers
Boston Review
A decent future of work and welfare requires a basic income—and much more. We need a revamped public sector and a new and different collective bargaining system

Curb Your Enthusiasm: Macron Is Just The Beginning Of A New Fight For France And Europe

Mark Weisbrot
Huffington Post
If the “global open future” of France and Europe is going to be like the recent past, then the National Front and similar movements are still going to have some growth potential. Because it is primarily the economic policies of Europe, including France, over most of the past decade, that have allowed the National Front to progress from a marginalized boil on the body politic to what is now treated as a legitimate, serious opposition party.

Atlanta as a Sanctuary City: Holding Leaders Accountable for Violence Against Marginalized People

Azadeh Shahshahani, Adelina Nicholls and Mary Hooks
Truthout Speakout
On January 20, our organizations -- Project South, GLAHR and SONG -- joined more than 25 other Georgia-based groups for an action we called the People's Inauguration. Together, we demanded that the City of Atlanta declare itself a sanctuary city by addressing a list of demands to protect the human rights of our communities.

Media Bits and Bytes – Doity Woids Edition

Portside
Sinclair eats Tribune Media; Obscene but not absurd; NYT does it again; Women still down in the Valley; Beware the botnets; Canadian breakthrough; California takes on cop tech

What Risk Says About Julian Assange

David Sims
The Atlantic
Risk is an incredibly gripping work, one made with an unprecedented level of access to Assange, but for all its intimacy, it still struggles to nail down its target. Instead, it’s more a story of Poitras herself, and the evolution of the movie she set out to make about Assange, who founded Wikileaks in 2006.

Trump’s First 100 DAYS: Immigrant Women and Families on the Frontlines

Amanda Baran and Sameera Hafiz
We Belong Together
While the executive orders, guidances, rhetoric and tweets of the past 100 days have stirred fear and anxiety in communities around the country and the world, immigrant women and women of color have continued to raise their voices, by organizing, mobilizing, engaging members of Congress and local elected leaders, in order to lead and defend our democracy.

Review: Black Subjugation in America

Kim Scipes
Logos
On a recent visit to Ho Chi Minh City’s (Vietnam) War Remnants Museum I was reminded Americans have never come to grips with our invasion and war on Vietnam. Yet, while we haven’t come to grips with our war on Vietnam, Americans have never come to grips with our own history, specifically how Europeans stole this land from Native Peoples and then built this country on the backs of of African slaves, while institutionalizing white supremacy.

Why It's So Hard to Understand That the Violence Your Country Exports Is Terrorism

Vijay Prashad
Jadaliyya/AlterNet
Rather than evaluate one’s own behavior in a bad situation, one tends to blame others and to disregard the constraints that others operate under. This is typically considered to be a “self-serving bias”. The character of the man of the West always surmounts the character of the man of the East. The violence of the West is prophylactic, while the violence of the East is destructive.

The Plant Next Door

Sharon Lerner
The Intercept
A Louisiana town plagued by pollution shows why cuts to the EPA will be measured in illnesses and deaths. When the Environmental Protection Agency informed people in St. John the Baptist Parish, Louisiana, last July that the local neoprene plant was emitting a chemical that gave them the highest risk of cancer from air pollution in the country, the information was received not just with horror and sadness but also with a certain sense of validation.

In North Carolina, Pigs Don’t Fly but Their Feces Do

Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan
Democracy Now!
Billions of gallons of pig feces and urine are collected in lagoons, mixed with blood and rotting pig body parts. To keep these fetid ponds from overflowing, the toxic liquid is pumped skyward with enormous spray devices, aerosolizing the waste, which is carried away by the wind.

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